Plastics News Global Group is organizing China Plastics in Automotive 2011, an international business conference in Guangzhou on May 16 the day before Chinaplas 2011.
Plastics News is presenting the program with the support of Automotive News, Chinaplas organizer Adsale Exhibitions Services Ltd. and the Beijing-based China Plastics Processing Industry Association.
The plastics-specific program, to be offered in Mandarin Chinese and English, will feature 15 speakers with deep understanding of the dynamic and challenging Chinese auto market.
The event's keynote speaker is Joe Hinrichs, chairman and CEO of Ford Motor (China) Ltd., president of Ford Asia Pacific & Africa, and group vice president of Ford Motor Co.
Other confirmed speakers include:
* Du Cao, vice president of Chang'an Automobile Group Co. Ltd.
* Thomas Apostolos, Magna International Inc.'s president of exteriors and interiors for the Asia-Pacific region.
* Ivo Naumann, managing director of AlixPartners Asia.
* John Zeng, forecasting director for J.D. Power Asia Pacific.
* Venkatakrishnan Umamaheswaran, Sabic Innovative Plastics' automotive director of products marketing technology.
* Jim McKinley, global specialty compounding manager of polyolefins for ExxonMobil Chemical Co.
* Alan Nicol, chief senior design manager for Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center Co. Ltd., a joint venture between General Motors Corp. and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. (SAIC) in Shanghai.
* Cathy Huang, president and founder, and Rudy Wimmer, managing partner, of Shanghai-based China Bridge International.
* Roger Young, Asia-Pacific vice president for Robert Eller Associates Inc. in Akron, Ohio.
* Ryan Peng, Greater China auto industry manager of performance polymers for DuPont China Holding Co. Ltd.
* Ganesh Khedkar, the Pune, India-based head of global manufacturing for Tata Technologies.
Speakers at the event will offer their insights into the region's latest automotive production and demand data, Chinese consumer preferences, product design localization issues, plastics prospects in electric and hybrid vehicles, material trends and recent applications, plus supply-chain management and innovation strategies.
Conference registration is $445 through April 30 and $595 after that date. For more information, see pnchina.com/events.